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Conversation Club

Is English your second language and you want to practise speaking it with others? Then join our weekly Conversation Club. 

Tuesdays, 11am - 12noon
Idea Store Chrisp Street

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Book Groups

Talk about what you’re reading and make friends with other readers.

First Wednesday of the Month, 7pm
Idea Store Bow

Second Thursday of the Month, 6.30pm
Cubitt Town Library

Third Thursday of the Month, 6.30pm
Idea Store Canary Wharf

Last Thursday of the Month, 6.30
Idea Store Watney Market

Play Reading Group

Join our new group reading a different play aloud together. 

Third Wednesday of the month, 6.30pm
Idea Store Bow

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Prime Time

Are you over 50 and want to chat with other people your age? Then join our weekly Prime Time session to enjoy socialising, as well as talks, films, games and other events.

These sessions are run at 

Mondays 10 - 11.45am
Idea Store Whitechapel

Tuesdays, 10 - 11.45am
Idea Store Bow

Thursdays, 10.15am - 11.45pm
Idea Store Watney Market

Thursdays, 11.15am - 12.45pm
Cubit Town Library

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Get Online - Go Digital

Need help using your smart device or want to brush up on your IT skills?

  • job searching
  • online services
  • money matters
  • health information
  • using social media
  • online shopping

Come along to our weekly workshop and learn at your own pace.

Tuesdays, 2.15 - 3.45pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street

Wednesdays, 2.15 - 3.45pm
Idea Store Whitechapel

Thursdays, 2.15 - 3.45pm
Idea Store Bow

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Book Break Online

Would you like to share stories and poetry to lift the mood? Possibly take a turn of reading out loud? Join our weekly online Book Break group.

Please email atalanta.kernick
who will send you an invite to the next session.

Tuesdays, 2 - 3pm

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Refugee Group

Everyone's welcome at this friendly weekly social group. Meet people, make friends, and share stories and advice - with the occasional guest speaker. PLUS free tea and coffee.

Wednesdays 11am - 12pm
Bethnal Green Library

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East End History Club - Badge Making Workshop

Join us at Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives for a drop-in session exploring our East End history with a creative twist. Using our collections as inspiration make your very own unique statement badge. This session is open to all age’s children and grown-ups alike. Children to be supervised by an adult. Grab a Tea, Coffee & a Biscuit too!

Saturday 2 December,
Drop-in session between 2-4pm
No booking required 

16 Days of Activism

The ‘16 Days of Activism’ runs from 25 November, UN International Day of Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day. The campaign spans these 16 Days in order to highlight the link between violence against women and human rights. Today, women and girls are subjected to many forms of human rights violations solely on the basis of their gender.

To get information and advice about Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) and Domestic Abuse (DA) join us at one of the events below:

Idea Store Bow— Tuesday, 28 November, 11am - 1pm

Idea Store Whitechapel—Wednesday, 29 November, 2pm - 5pm

Idea Store Chrisp Street— Monday, 4 December, 11am - 2pm

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Writeidea Festival 2023

The 2023 Writeidea Festival took place at Bethnal Green Library on 4-5 November.

This year's speakers incuded Robin Ince, Lara Maiklem, Miki Berenyi, Natasha Devon, Oskar Jensen, Helen O'Hara, Faiza Shaheen and many more.

We'll be posting videos and photographs of this year's festival soon!

 Activities for Children and Families 

Looking for fun and engaging activities for your little ones? Check out our exciting lineup of events and resources that cater to the whole family.

From storytelling and arts and crafts to homework help and more, we've got something for everyone!

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